Encrypting and Decrypting with RC2

This article shows how to encrypt and decrypt data using the RC2 component of IPWorks Encrypt.

Date Entered: 11/12/2014    Last Updated: 11/12/2014

IPWorks Encrypt makes it very easy to encrypt and decrypt data. This article will detail the process of performing RC2 encryption and decryption.

RC2 Encryption

RC2 Encryption is as simple as selecting a KeyPassword and specifying the data to be encrypted. Please see the following example:

Rc2 rc2 = new Rc2(); rc2.KeyPassword = "MyKeyPassword"; rc2.InputFile = "C:\\Path\\to\\UnEncryptedFile.txt"; rc2.OutputFile = "C:\\Path\\to\\EncryptedFile.dat"; rc2.Encrypt();

RC2 Decryption

RC2 Decryption is just as simple as RC2 Encryption. All that is needed is the encrypted data and the KeyPassword that was used during the encryption.

Rc2 rc2 = new Rc2(); rc2.KeyPassword = "MyKeyPassword"; rc2.InputFile = "C:\\Path\\to\\EncryptedFile.dat"; rc2.OutputFile = "C:\\Path\\to\\DecryptedFile.txt"; rc2.Decrypt();

Changing the Key Size

The RC2 Encryption algorithm supports keys of sizes of 8 bits to 128 bits in increments of 8 (e.g., 8, 16, 24, etc). You can specify the key size to be used for Encryption and Decryption via the "KeySize" configuration setting as detailed below.

rc2.Config("KeySize=96"); //Set Key Size to 96 bits.

Note: The KeySize configuration option is only valid when KeyPassword is set and the component automatically generates the Key and IV values.

Configuring RC2 to use Hex-encoded strings

The RC2 component can be instructed to use Hex-encoded strings for its encryption and decryption operations. When the UseHex property is set to true, the Encrypt operation will Hex-encode the encrypted data. Similarly, if the UseHex property is set to true, the Decrypt operation will assume that the encrypted data has been Hex-encoded.

Additional Options

The RC2 component supports a variety of options to offer more control over the encryption and decryption mechanisms used. Options include the ability to specify the Cipher Mode and Padding Mode used, as well as specifying the Key and IV values. Please see the IPWorks Encrypt help documentation for more information on these options.

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